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    I tend to spend a lot of time doing nothing. I think I was born for that. Or wasn't meant to be born. One of the two.
    I love dogs, I own a golden lab/retriever. He's the nicest dog i've ever come accross. Sadly I only see him when I am at home on holiday.
    I've been a big fan of the final fantasy series, the playstation ones especially.

    I'm a regular at church and God is a part of my life so i guess that's a hobby.
    Other than that taking my dog for walks on my bike (I like nice bikes aswell), enjoying the picturesque scenery nearby my home. Taking pictures of the Mt. Blanc whenever it shows.
    Other than chilling with my best mates back home. And last but not least cars...

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    Thanks Melv

    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    I would suggest that if you are in good health exercise , walking , riding a stationary bike, lifting weights. Get politically involved, how about passing on your acquired knowledge to younger people. We all get older and unless wealthy, poorer.
    I retired 5 years ago , stay involved. On this website I have had a wonderful time with the give and take involving younger members.

    I wonder with some of the post , the world appears to be going to hell in a handbag , but we all learn something and it is informative. One of my other interest is listening to your BBC. I have been listening to the BBC for 40 years. There are many other hobbies you might try.
    The most stimulating effect is have an affair, nothing causes an older man to have a bounce in his walk as an affair with a younger women. Better stop. The wolves are gathering.

    Good advice, mostly. I do get regular exercise and no doubt I'm in a lot better shape for it -- but I'll need more if I'm going to make it with younger women. Actually, I suspect I'd need more money too, but not much chance of that.

    Interestingly I too listen to the BBC on a regular basis. But note that the BBC is British, not Canadian; the latter's public broadcaster being the CBC which I listen to a lot. I also listen to CNN with great regularity, (but never FOX News ). I have a layman's interest in politics (including American federal), history, and science (especially astophysics, environment, archeology, engineering).

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    Feanor, you just need some Viagra to make it with younger women!
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    I've never taken Pfeizer Rizer, but have taken Cialas. I noticed no change in my system.

    I hope this helps.

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    Thanks, JRA

    Quote Originally Posted by jrhymeammo
    I've never taken Pfeizer Rizer, but have taken Cialas. I noticed no change in my system.

    I hope this helps.

    JRA
    I'll file that info somewhere.

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    You have to be able to get it up for the drugs to work. And there is no benefit in taking them if you do not have ED. It helps in peolpe who have diabetes,and high blood pressure. If there are psychological issue's the drugs do not help.
    There's my medical advice for the day! Maybe I should start a medical advice column!
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    hopes of electing a Republican President for 2008
    I would love for this, and based on what I've seen of late, I don't think the Democrats are even going to put up a fight!!!


    So... My Hobbies,

    I enjoy off-roading, Wine as well as beer, there are a lot of different beers out there, and I love to sample!

    I enjoy going out to eat, and I love to travel. As un-manly as it may be, I like to shop. I believe you have to look good to be successful, but my shopping extends beyond clothes.

    I'm an avid golfer, I enjoy wakeboarding/boating. I don't really fish, but once year or every other year, I love to go deep-sea fishing, or Marlin Fishing etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    Good advice, mostly. I do get regular exercise and no doubt I'm in a lot better shape for it -- but I'll need more if I'm going to make it with younger women. Actually, I suspect I'd need more money too, but not much chance of that.

    Interestingly I too listen to the BBC on a regular basis. But note that the BBC is British, not Canadian; the latter's public broadcaster being the CBC which I listen to a lot. I also listen to CNN with great regularity, (but never FOX News ). I have a layman's interest in politics (including American federal), history, and science (especially astophysics, environment, archeology, engineering).
    I to listen to the CBC an excellent international broadcast network. I injoy " FOX "
    You do need money , but your varied interest is a plus. As for as younger women , you may find older women more mature and may have shared interest..

    You will note that most of the replies are sexual , women are more than sexual , that is why many are bored with younger men. many are simply to immature.
    My exposure to Canadians is they are generally better informed than most Americans.
    Canadians test scores are superior to Americans.

    Most Canadians are well informed when it comes to Canadian history not so with Americans. Few Americans can discuss the American civil War are have an awareness of the United States Constitution. So it is easy to understand why there is so little knowledge of the history of audio. You will also notice that many members feel threaten
    when there is a reference to the history of audio. American history is no different.

    Hang in there , you appear to be a very interesting man. With a variety of interest.
    I know it is difficult but you can find others that share your interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by O'Shag
    ...fanny-hunts are forbidden territory.
    Okay so, if I go up to a gal in a bar and say "Hi, I'm going on a fanny-hunt, would you like join me", will it help my cause?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven
    Feanor, you just need some Viagra to make it with younger women!
    Many young women have brains. Many young women prefer older men because younger men are of the opinion that sex gets it done. the facts are that today more women are graduating from college and universities than men ! Viagra does not benefit the mind.
    After sex what does most young American men discuss ? car crashes , football and beer ? Most young American men don't even bother to vote !

    Older men generally has more money , more experience and they generally know how to treat a women. As for as money , no man with money will ever be without a beautiful women.
    Look around you and you will never generally see an older man driving a S600 Mercedes
    alone unless he choose to. Note so with Honda and Pontiac drivers (smile )

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    Many young women have brains. Many young women prefer older men because younger men are of the opinion that sex gets it done. the facts are that today more women are graduating from college and universities than men ! Viagra does not benefit the mind.
    After sex what does most young American men discuss ? car crashes , football and beer ? Most young American men don't even bother to vote !

    Older men generally has more money , more experience and they generally know how to treat a women. As for as money , no man with money will ever be without a beautiful women.
    Look around you and you will never generally see an older man driving a S600 Mercedes
    alone unless he choose to. Note so with Honda and Pontiac drivers (smile )
    Well, I would suspect that if the wolves weren't gathering before, they probably are now.

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    Heaven forfend

    Re. Hoping for a Repulican President in 2008 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny p
    I would love for this, and based on what I've seen of late, I don't think the Democrats are even going to put up a fight!!!

    ...
    Granted the Democrates seem to shoot themselves in the foot time and again. I'm a Canadian so I can't see things quite the way Americans do, but it is perplexing to me that so many "ordinary" Americans support the Republican Party and candidates. It seems to me that the Republican agenda setters care only for the extremely rich, not the poor certainly, but also not the middle class.

    However what the Republicans are good at is flogging spurious issues to the middle class. By spurious issues I mean those that have nothing to do things that are really important issues or are downright fraudulent, e.g.
    • Low taxes are the answer; (now what was the question?)
    • Small government is good
    • Private enterprise is the only way to get things do right
    • Business lobbiests are advocating for the good of the country
    • Abortion is bad
    • Gay marriage is bad
    • The human effect on the environment is unproven
    • Doing anything about the environment would impose a crushing burden on the economy
    • Doing anything to fundamentally improve health care for all isn't feasible
    • The Canadian health care model is socialist
    • Your heath care, (as a wealthy healthy person), will be compromised by universal health care
    • War is good because we must crush our enemies
    • Deficit spending is disagreable but necessary to support wars
    • Illegal immigration is disagreable but necessary because American won't do those jobs (for a low enough wage)
    • "Macjobs" are suitable replacement for manufacturing jobs
    • The U.S.A. is the greatest (in fact the only great) country in the world
    • The U.S. economy is doing just fine
    • The poor are less deserving than the rich.
    Last edited by Feanor; 01-28-2008 at 07:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    Many young women have brains. Many young women prefer older men because younger men are of the opinion that sex gets it done. the facts are that today more women are graduating from college and universities than men ! Viagra does not benefit the mind.
    After sex what does most young American men discuss ? car crashes , football and beer ? Most young American men don't even bother to vote !

    Older men generally has more money , more experience and they generally know how to treat a women. As for as money , no man with money will ever be without a beautiful women.
    Look around you and you will never generally see an older man driving a S600 Mercedes
    alone unless he choose to. Note so with Honda and Pontiac drivers (smile )
    I don't seem to have too much trouble driving my Acura. Alone is a thing I have to work at finding.
    As far as other hobbies? I still play billiards even though it's no longer in competition. I've been there and done that for many years and have done about all I could do. Now my eyes are not what they once were, so I only play for fun, or to instruct younger upstarts. For years I was into motorcycles of all kinds. Settled down to just Harley's the last 20 years or so. Now I have none. Girls were a big hobby for me until I got married in 2001. Keeping the wife happy has become a fun hobby. She's the best!
    HT is still rather new to me (only in it for about 5 years) so it takes most of my time. With the addition of the PS3 (which I bought for BR movies) I have found that gaming is much more fun than I would have every thought. I've been having more fun than ever. Spent almost 5 hours yesterday playing a demo.

    Oh, and there's nothing wrong with a little sports either. Today's women are into sports more than ever. My wife goes crazy watching a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    Re. Hoping for a Repulican President in 2008 ...



    Granted the Democrates seem to shoot themselves in the foot time and again. I'm a Canadian so I can't see things quite the way Americans do, but it is perplexing to me that so many "ordinary" Americans support the Republican Party and candidates. It seems to me that the Republican agenda setters care only for the extremely rich, not the poor certainly, but also not the middle class.

    However what the Republicans are good at is flogging spurious issues to the middle class. By spurious issues I mean those that have nothing to do things that are really important issues or are downright fraudulent, e.g.
    • Low taxes are the answer; (now what was the question?)
    • Small government is good
    • Private enterprise is the only way to get things do right
    • Business lobbiests are advocating for the good of the country
    • Abortion is bad
    • Gay marriage is bad
    • The human effect on the environment is unproven
    • Doing anything about the environment would impose a crushing burden on the economy
    • Doing anything to fundamentally improve health care for all isn't feasible
    • The Canadian health care model is socialist
    • Your heath care, (as a wealthy healthy person), will be compromised by universal health care
    • War is good because we must crush our enemies
    • Deficit spending is disagreable but necessary to support wars
    • Illegal immigration is disagreable but necessary because American won't do those jobs (for a low enough wage)
    • "Macjobs" are suitable replacement for manufacturing jobs
    • The U.S.A. is the greatest (in fact the only great) country in the world
    • The U.S. economy is doing just fine
    • The poor are less deserving than the rich.
    Don't you think you're categorizing a little there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by audio amateur
    Don't you think you're categorizing a little there?

    yes, but IMO, that's basically what the republicans are doing too...

    face it, Bush only cares about the rich, and how to make them (and himself, in the first place)richer. The poor and middle class don't even bother him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    Re. Hoping for a Repulican President in 2008 ...



    Granted the Democrates seem to shoot themselves in the foot time and again. I'm a Canadian so I can't see things quite the way Americans do, but it is perplexing to me that so many "ordinary" Americans support the Republican Party and candidates. It seems to me that the Republican agenda setters care only for the extremely rich, not the poor certainly, but also not the middle class.

    However what the Republicans are good at is flogging spurious issues to the middle class. By spurious issues I mean those that have nothing to do things that are really important issues or are downright fraudulent, e.g.
    • Low taxes are the answer; (now what was the question?)
    • Small government is good
    • Private enterprise is the only way to get things do right
    • Abortion is bad
    • Gay marriage is bad
    • The human effect on the environment is unproven
    • Doing anything about the environment would impose a crushing burden on the economy
    • Doing anything to fundamentally improve health care for all isn't feasible
    • The Canadian health care model is socialist
    • War is good because we must crush our enemies
    • Illegal immigration is disagreeable but necessary because American won't do those jobs
    • "Macjobs" are suitable replacement for manufacturing jobs
    • The U.S.A. is the greatest (in fact the only great) country in the world
    • The poor are less deserving than the rich.
    America is the wealthiest and has the most powerful military in the history of the world.
    America has protected the Canadians from foreign intervention and made the hemisphere safe for all to prosper.
    War protects American and Canadian interest. it allows the Canadians to spend less on defense and more on social programs , because the United States protect Canada.
    In America we believe in individual responsibility , not collective. The poor in America has the opportunity for improvement. America spends more on public education than any nation in the world.

    History has proven that the more citizens are involved in government and the smaller
    government is the more government works for the people. Examples The Soviet Union , Sweden , France , Italy , and even Great Britain and Germany. All put together has a GNP one third of America.
    America has the largest middle class in the world ! What would you replace private enterprise with? socialism , Many countries in western Europe are cutting back on social programs , to costly. Germany , France , Great Britain and even Sweden are examples

    In America we went to war over higher taxes. The lower taxes are the more money consumers have to spend for . Audio , video , cars , homes , recreation , clothing , etc,.etc,
    Business have more money to invest when taxes are lower. Why is it that countries such as Japan , China , and many European countries invest in America ? low taxes .They are not investing their monies in Canada.
    I hope I covered some of your points. Point and Counterpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMichael
    I don't seem to have too much trouble driving my Acura. Alone is a thing I have to work at finding.
    As far as other hobbies? I still play billiards even though it's no longer in competition. I've been there and done that for many years and have done about all I could do. Now my eyes are not what they once were, so I only play for fun, or to instruct younger upstarts. For years I was into motorcycles of all kinds. Settled down to just Harley's the last 20 years or so. Now I have none. Girls were a big hobby for me until I got married in 2001. Keeping the wife happy has become a fun hobby. She's the best!
    HT is still rather new to me (only in it for about 5 years) so it takes most of my time. With the addition of the PS3 (which I bought for BR movies) I have found that gaming is much more fun than I would have every thought. I've been having more fun than ever. Spent almost 5 hours yesterday playing a demo.

    Oh, and there's nothing wrong with a little sports either. Today's women are into sports more than ever. My wife goes crazy watching a ga


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    Car and Driver wrote " It is not that people dislike S Series Mercedes , it is the people who drive them ."
    It is not fair to compare an Accra with a S series Mercedes. An upward mobile women would more likely wish to be seen in a Mercedes than anything Japanese. The European
    car is seen as more chic. Where do you think the car valets parks the Accra's ?

    Accra would one say receivers , S series Mercedes high end separates. The Thomas Crown Affair was on television recently , what kind of car did Steve McQueen drive ?
    Even Wall street the car was a stretched Lincoln limousine. Never a Japanese car.
    Hartley Motorcycle , never wrong image , Italian are German.
    Sports , tennis or golf. Anything less is considered , well not upward mobile.

    Accra is an excellent car. Reliable , gets good gas mileage , low maintenance and good performance. Would you want to take your best client to lunch in an Accra ?
    In America image is everything.
    A simple counterpoint, not personal.

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    Hey, back to "hobbies" as the OP asked.

    1. I like to brew my own beer when I have time. Its not too expensive, and pretty fun. Shameless plug for the place I buy supplies:

    http://www.mrbeer.com/

    The nice thing about Mr. Beer is that is relatively inexpensive (about $25) to get set up, and then purchasing the beer mix is a no brainer. Takes about 2 weeks from mixing to drinking. If you ever want to expand, and do some other brewing, you can make much more, but setup costs are higher.

    2. If I ever finish school (May 08!) and finish the basement, I would love to get my RC car back out.

    3. In the spring/summer/fall I enjoy taking my 3 ladies out fishing. They have really come around, and even hook their own bait.

    4. My pond is my biggest "hobby". I have 13 fish, 2 frogs, and tons of birds that stop by for a drink. It's my 3rd year, and I really enjoy it. I re-dug the pond last spring after the terrible "fish kill" of 07, and expanded it to about 975 gallons. That is about double the size from the year before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    Car and Driver wrote " It is not that people dislike S Series Mercedes , it is the people who drive them ."
    It is not fair to compare an Accra with a S series Mercedes. An upward mobile women would more likely wish to be seen in a Mercedes than anything Japanese. The European
    car is seen as more chic. Where do you think the car valets parks the Accra's ?
    I don't dislike Mercedes or the people who drive them. I don't rememeber trying to compare them. Only that I do fine with my glorified Honda. upwardly mobil women do not concern me. Only down to Earth normal women who aren't looking to "sell their souls to the devil to get ahead", are.


    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    Accra would one say receivers , S series Mercedes high end separates. The Thomas Crown Affair was on television recently , what kind of car did Steve McQueen drive ?
    Even Wall street the car was a stretched Lincoln limousine. Never a Japanese car.
    Hartley Motorcycle , never wrong image , Italian are German.
    It's a different world now. Cars from Japan are among the best in many ways. Image isn't everything to most of us. And the Harley's image has done a 180. More upwardly mobile "prepie" types drive Harleys now than ever before. Times are changing.

    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    Sports , tennis or golf. Anything less is considered , well not upward mobile.
    I can't base my choices in life on what others think is upwardly mobile. I can see how it can be a major concern to others, but it's just not for me. I'm more concerend with how I see myself and how my family sees me. Those are my priorities.
    I do like both tennis and golf though.


    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    Accra is an excellent car. Reliable , gets good gas mileage , low maintenance and good performance. Would you want to take your best client to lunch in an Accra ?
    In America image is everything.
    A simple counterpoint, not personal.
    My Acura is actually very nice. Yeah, I'd be proud to take anyone to lunch in it. Sit back, enjoy the climate contols and heated leather seats. My auto-starts makes sure the inside is a nice 71 degrees when I step in no mater what time of year it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    America is the wealthiest and has the most powerful military in the history of the world.
    now you're comparing apples and oranges. America is an entire continent. compare America to the European Union, and you'll find we're richer.

    and having a powerful military doesn't make you a 'good' country.

    [quote]America has protected the Canadians from foreign intervention and made the hemisphere safe for all to prosper.
    War protects American and Canadian interest. it allows the Canadians to spend less on defense and more on social programs , because the United States protect Canada.
    you're almost saying war is good.
    here's what war does: it makes countries poor, makes many people hate and kill eachother, destroys entire cultures & eventually both parties lose.

    the war in Iraq is a good example: Bush said 'he' was going to 'free the country'. actually, he went there for the oil, he doesn't care about the people there, in fact, he wants them to keep hating eachother, so he could keep the story going on a little longer. And that's exactly why 9/11 happened too. Osama's family was into oil, so was Bush's family, they were friends, now they hate eachother, just because of oil. btw, on 9/11 they first waited for all the rich oil sheiks to fly home in their jets before they closed down the airports.

    In America we believe in individual responsibility , not collective. The poor in America has the opportunity for improvement. America spends more on public education than any nation in the world.
    and even so, our education system (and overall education) here in Europe is proven to be far better. school in the USA is almost like a private company, they are sponsored, which causes influences, which means schools are biased: not a good thing.
    same with social cary system.
    and the USA's health care system sucks, and it's only there for the rich.

    History has proven that the more citizens are involved in government and the smaller
    government is the more government works for the people. Examples The Soviet Union , Sweden , France , Italy , and even Great Britain and Germany. All put together has a GNP one third of America.

    um, the soviet union? that's longtime history...

    and I think the government should indeed work for the people, why else do we need them? But I think they should work for everyone, not just the rich.


    other remarks I have on the united states:
    their media, america's media makes the people afraid of anything, which is also the reason why your oh so glorious country has the most 'murders' every year.

    not that everything in America is bad though...

    So much for my counterpoints.

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    I've had various hobbies over the years, but most have gone by the wayside mostly because I'm getting old, weary, and poorer. I guess I'll be looking for another interest or two because I'll finally be retiring at 65. But I won't be doing the traveling that more successful (or luck) retirees often do because we are poor (if not quite destitute). Mostly I'll be sitting waiting to die.[/QUOTE]


    thanks for sharing Feanor.

    Anyway, I like fly fishing and oil painting. I occasionally turn out something that looks remotely like art so thats enough inspiration to continue. I can't imagine retiring to a place where I wouldn't be able to fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin walker
    America is the wealthiest and has the most powerful military in the history of the world.
    America has protected the Canadians from foreign intervention and made the hemisphere safe for all to prosper.
    War protects American and Canadian interest. it allows the Canadians to spend less on defense and more on social programs , because the United States protect Canada.
    In America we believe in individual responsibility , not collective. The poor in America has the opportunity for improvement. America spends more on public education than any nation in the world.

    History has proven that the more citizens are involved in government and the smaller
    government is the more government works for the people. Examples The Soviet Union , Sweden , France , Italy , and even Great Britain and Germany. All put together has a GNP one third of America.
    America has the largest middle class in the world ! What would you replace private enterprise with? socialism , Many countries in western Europe are cutting back on social programs , to costly. Germany , France , Great Britain and even Sweden are examples

    In America we went to war over higher taxes. The lower taxes are the more money consumers have to spend for . Audio , video , cars , homes , recreation , clothing , etc,.etc,
    Business have more money to invest when taxes are lower. Why is it that countries such as Japan , China , and many European countries invest in America ? low taxes .They are not investing their monies in Canada.
    I hope I covered some of your points. Point and Counterpoint.
    You respond with the usual platitutes, Melvin. Half-truths at best.
    • Canada has never caused the world with the thread, resentment, or envy that the US has, accordingly it has less need of defence, and hasn't been threatened by foreign interventions.
    • As a proportion of income the US does not spend more per captia on public education than any other country. If that were the case, it would still be true that the effectiveness of public eduction less in various areas than other countries as ranked by international agencies.
    • If the US has largest middle class in the world, it nevertheless still ranks well down the list of most desireable countries in which to live, whether ranked by public services, economic security, or personal happiness.
    • While in some instance European countries have cut back on social programs, they are still far, far ahead of the US.
    • While Americans (or some) might have more money to spend on audio, autos, and clothes, they often go without health insurance.
    • The Canadian ecomony has out-performed the US for the last several years, and the Canadian dollar has risen from US$0.66 to parity with the US dollar.

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    Hey, back to "hobbies" as the OP asked.

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    ... somebody mentioned "Republican". One of my hobbies is U.S. Republican-bashing.

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    ... somebody mentioned "Republican". One of my hobbies is U.S. Republican-bashing.
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